February 28, 2014
Welcome aboard to all the new the new “Fish List” members and thank you to everyone that has been with us all this time. We would like to inform our new members and remind our old ones that this is the time of year that we only occasionally send out postings. Our regular weekly updates typically start May 1st, and continue though September 31st however we will post updates this time of year when we have something special to offer here at Dockside, or when Capt. Mark is doing something interesting with the Bonnie Marietta.
For the most part, the winter fishing has been just about as productive as our winter rains; however almost in step with the this weeks precipitation, several local Captains had strong landings and were able to deliver some nice loads of fish.
Capt. Mintz, who spent the last few months fishing Swordfish in southern California, has since returned to Morro Bay in pursuit of local Rockfish. He made a short two-day trip and returned with a nice selection of these popular bottom dwellers. His success has allowed us to feature his Blackgill Rockfish, Bank Rockfish, and even a little Petrale Sole this week at our Market. Much thanks to Capt. Mintz and his hard working crew on board the DJ! Rockfish is once of our more popular fish and is mild, firm, and moist. It can be prepared in almost any way making it a fish lovers delight.
Strong landings this week have also come from Captains Diller, Rose, Truong, and both Owen, & Steve Hackleman. Their trips have brought us another of our favorites…Grenadier! Many of you may have already had the opportunity to sample this mostly unknown fish and have been enjoying both the value and great quality. This week we will be featuring this wonderful fish for $5.95 a pound for fillets in our Market. In our Restaurant, Grenadier will be available as “Fish of the Day.” We invite those of you who haven’t yet sampled this spectacular fish to give it a try, we think that you will find it a delightful surprise and a really great value.
So a little about the Grenadier! Between Pt. Conception and Pt. Sur I would venture to say it is the least targeted marketable fish. It is unarguably one of the most homely fish that you may find but don’t let the outward appearance fool you. Its flesh is light, white and mild, reminding us of a cross between Petrale Sole, and Rockfish. Grenadier are typically caught when fishing for blackcod, and the deeper they go in pursuit of blackcod the more grenadier they catch.